The famous Wagnerian Opera Festival in Bayreuth (Germany), due to take place on July 25, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Tuesday.
The organizers of this prestigious global institution “regret that they must cancel the 2020 edition because of the epidemic,” they write on the event’s website. At the same time, the tickets purchased for the 2020 edition will be valid next summer, according to the organizers.
The current isolation rules will make it very difficult to organize rehearsals that should start in the coming days. Especially “The Ring of the Nibelungs” by Richard Wagner will have to be interpreted.
Composer and conductor Richard Wagner founded the Bayreuth Festival in 1876.
The coronavirus outbreak has already delayed several cultural gatherings, including the Cannes Film Festival. Other events planned this summer, including music or theater festivals, are still scheduled to take place.